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Why is finding a consistent solution to pain, stress, and fatigue more difficult with cannabis? Am I mistaken in thinking a strain I’ve found benefit from is suddenly ineffective? Why is the effect different when switching strains or combining products? The frustration many people feel when they are getting to know cannabis is due to an attribute called “the Entourage Effect.” Understanding it will open a whole new level of comfort for you.

What is the Entourage Effect?

It is important to understand that the effects of each cannabis strain depend on the interaction between ALL of the compounds in the plant, otherwise known as the “Entourage Effect” of cannabis.  There are close to 500 compounds in each strain that consist of a combination of cannabinoids and terpenes. Every compound in the plant interacts to produce a wide range of effects.  Some compounds amplify the euphoric effects of cannabis, while others help to reduce the undesirable effects associated with THC. Terpenes also help to reduce some of the psychoactive effects associated with THC while enhancing the medicinal properties of the plant.

Why does the same terpene found in different strains affect me differently?

Every terpene has its own set of health benefits. When considering what strain is right for you, it is important to remember that the choice shouldn’t be based only on THC or CBD levels, but perhaps also

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the levels of each terpene found in that specific strain. The two terpenes you see on the Verdes flower label only provide a glimpse into the potential therapeutic effects of that particular strain.  Here’s a quick example: The colors red and blue make purple, but if you add yellow to red, it turns orange.  This is a similar concept to the entourage effect.  The cannabis plant encompasses a rainbow of compounds that interact to create endless possibilities of therapeutic benefits.

How can I find out what properties are in different cannabis strains?

All our flower labels provide the two most dominant terpenes and their associated benefits as well as THC and CBD content. Our knowledgeable staff can also help you explore other strain options you may not have considered before.

With this new information, it is important to remember that when choosing your medicine there is much more to consider than just THC levels. Be patient and keep notes so you can find the strains that are most beneficial for you every time!

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